On the eve of Disney releasing Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm officially announced that they have greenlit another standalone chapter in the 40+ year storied saga that is Star Wars. The director of the critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated superhero drama Logan, James Mangold, will helm what is expected to be a thrilling film.
The new movie will follow a beloved character who had very little lines in the original trilogy but whose presence spoke volumes.
That quiet rogue was Boba Fett and even though his presence was silent, his job and reputation carried much weight in the galaxy, especially with the man himself: Darth Vader. The first time we officially see Boba is in Episode IV: A New Hope, when the badass bounty hunter simply walks by and glances over at his enemy, Han Solo. During this time, Boba works for Jabba the Hutt, who Solo owes a ton of money to.
Solo, after helping save the rebellion at the end of A New Hope, decides to be a hero instead of a scoundrel. When Empire Strikes Back picks up at a secret rebel base on the ice planet Hoth, Han Solo still hasn’t paid up with Jabba, who sends Boba Fett to find him.
During the battle of Hoth, Chewbacca, Solo, and Leia escape in the Millenium Falcon. Darth Vader, in an attempt to track down the ship quickly, employs a handful of sketchy bounty hunters to do so. One of them is Boba Fett, who is already searching for Solo. Vader warns Boba Fett to not disintegrate any of the targets, solidifying his reputation as a dangerous bounty hunter.
You know you’re a badass when Darth Vader has to advise you not to be violent.
Boba Fett, in his ship the Slave II, tracks the Millenium Falcon to Cloud City where Darth Vader and the empire will be joining them. While most of our heroes manage to escape, Han Solo does not. He is frozen in carbonite and taken by Boba Fett back to Tatooine where he’ll be displayed as a prize (and warning) in Jabba’s palace.
In Return of the Jedi, a daring rescue of Han Solo is attempted by Luke Skywalker and the gang. Jabba the Hutt is killed and his entire operation seems to be destroyed during the battle.
Unfortunately, Boba Fett seems to die too when he falls into the Sarlacc Pit to be digested slowly over the course of a century. But did he? It’s complicated.
Before Disney bought Star Wars, there was an expanded universe of novels and comics that spun off from the films. They told the backstories of our heroes and even showed what happened to them after Return of the Jedi. But now, none of that is canon.
Will Disney and Lucasfilm continue Boba Fett’s story beyond Return of the Jedi like the expanded universe novels did? Will they look at past stories before the war?
How much do we know about Boba Fett before Empire Strikes Back?
A little actually.
We learn in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones that Boba Fett’s father was actually the human used to build the clone army “for the Republic” and that Boba Himself was one of those clones but allowed to age normally so Jango Fett could keep him as his son. During the very first battle of the clone war, Boba Fett watches as Jedi Master Mace Windu beheads Jango Fett.
There’s a lot for Lucasfilm and director James Mangold to work with. Hell, we don’t even know what Boba looks like!